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06/04/2018 09:12 SAST | Updated 06/04/2018 09:27 SAST

Former South Korean President Found Guilty Of Bribery

It follows a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates.

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Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye (C) leaves the prosecutors' office as she is transferred to a detention house in Seoul, South Korea, on March 31 2017.

A South Korean court found former president Park Geun-hye guilty of bribery on Friday in a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country's conglomerates.

The court ruled that Park colluded with her old friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates such as Samsung and Lotte to help Choi's family and fund non-profit foundations owned by her.

Park, 66, has denied wrongdoing and was not present in court.

Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence and a 118.5-billion won ($112-million) fine for Park, after indicting her on charges that included bribery, abuse of power and coercion.